Baltimore & Susquehanna Railroad Marble Track Bed
Completed in 1832, the original B&S rail line between Baltimore City and Timonium was built with wood ties supporting the rails. By the time the railroad resumed construction north of Timonium in 1835, the original wood had deteriorated leading the company to find an alternative construction material. Using marble from nearby Cockeysville Quarry the B&S line adopted Great Britain’s process of laying a stone foundation for the track, to complete the railroad bed in what is now known as the Padonia Road Section of the line.
Due to excessive time, labor cost and climatic changes affecting rail stability, stone track bedding proved a financial and operational disaster. Thus stone track bed construction quickly fell out of favor, and railroad companies reverted back to wooden crossties.
Today, the B&S marbletrack bed remains virtually undisturbed as an example of the experimentation and primitive technologies common in the early days of railroad construction in the United States. The nineteenth century marble track bed is a reminder of the steadfast popularity and utility of public transportation throughout the history of the United States.
Erected by Maryland Department of Transportation.
Location. 39° 26.904′ N, 76° 38.094′ W. Marker is in Lutherville-Timonium, Maryland, in Baltimore County. Marker is on Greenspring Drive. The marker is on the Timonium Light Rail platform, north end, west side of tracks, across from State Fair entrance. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lutherville Timonium MD 21093, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jones Falls Watershed (within shouting distance of this marker); Baltimore and Susquehanna Railroad Marble Track Bed (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); White Marble Block (approx. 0.9 miles away); Property Boundary Marker (approx. 0.9 miles away); Millstone (approx. 0.9 miles away); Cornerstone from Wesley Chapel (approx. 0.9 miles away); Third and Last County Almshouse (approx. 0.9 miles away); Memorial to All Marylanders who lost lives to Terrorists (approx. 0.9 miles away).
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 27, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 26, 2019, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 61 times since then. Photo 1. submitted on July 26, 2019, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.